Teddy Quinlivan
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If you didn’t already recognise game-changing model, Teddy Quinlivan, then you definitely will now. Having starred in MILK Make-Up’s Kush mascara campaign, and Redken’s Colour Gel Lacquers promo shoot, she’s become the in-demand face that’s championed inclusivity every step of the way.

The 25-year old’s new gig sees her starring in Chanel’s new beauty campaign, no less. Not only are the images for the fashion house’s ‘Summer Look’ totally beautiful, but the photo series marks a huge step towards inclusivity for the luxury brand. Why? Because Quinlivan will be the first openly transgender model to work for Chanel.

Quinlivan posted on her Instagram to celebrate what a huge achievement it was for her:

“I find I don’t cry anymore when things are sad, but isn’t it interesting when we shed tears in moments of triumph. This was one of those triumphant cry moments for me. My whole life has been a fight.”

She continues:

“This was a victory that made all of that shit worth it. I had walked 2 shows for Chanel while I was living in stealth (stealth meaning I hadn’t made my trans identity public yet) and when I came out I knew I’d stop working with some brands, I thought I’d never work with the iconic house of Chanel ever again. But here I am in Chanel Beauty Advertising. I am the first openly trans person to work for the house of Chanel, and I am deeply humbled and proud to represent my community. The world will kick you down, spit on you, and tell you you’re worthless. It’s your job to have the strength to stand up and push on, to keep fighting, Because if you give up then you will never experience the tears of triumph. Thank you to everyone who made this dream a reality!”

Quinlivan came out as transgender in 2017 and since then has been a consistent presence at Fashion Week. Having walked for numerous brands, the Boston native also starred in Louis Vuitton’s 2018 campaign, not to mention an array of magazine covers and even hosted her own TED Talk.

Here’s to more big brands taking the step to prioritise representation in the future – hopefully, this is just the beginning.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.

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